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Sabres select Dahlin with No. 1 pick

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DALLAS (AP) Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, Commissioner Gary Bettman was booed relentlessly by the crowd all night and trade chatter didn't amount to a whole lot of movement.

With the exception of one trade by the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the first round of the NHL draft went off without many surprises. Only two players and a handful of picks were traded Friday night, leaving general managers hoping for more on Day Two.

"That was kind of a boring first day or first round," Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "It's not typical for this day."

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Caps trade D Orpik, G Grubauer to Avs

DALLAS (AP) The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals cleared some space to try to re-sign a handful of key free agents by trading veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for the 47th pick in the NHL draft .

Shedding Orpik's $5.5 million salary in the final year of his contract and dealing Grubauer before he earned more as a restricted free agent gives them more than $20 million in cap space. It's needed because defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny can become unrestricted free agents July 1 and playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly and top-line winger Tom Wilson will get raises as RFAs.

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Sabres won't tender starting G Lehner

The Sabres are moving on from Robin Lehner after the goalie failed to establish himself as a starter during three seasons, capped by Buffalo's last-place finish this past year.

General manager Jason Botterill announced Friday the Sabres will not extend Lehner a one-year qualifying offer of about $4 million to retain his rights as a restricted free agent. The decision means Lehner will become free to sign with any team once the NHL's free agency period opens on July 1.

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Sharks to buy out veteran D Martin

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have placed defenseman Paul Martin on unconditional waivers with the intention to buy out the remaining season of the 14-year NHL veteran's contract.

In announcing the decision Friday, general manager Doug Wilson credits Martin's leadership and character as being essential to the team's run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Wilson also says Martin will have a lasting impact on the Sharks' younger players for years to come.

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Stars re-sign D Johns for $7M, 3 years

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension.

The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought Patrick Sharp from Chicago in 2015.

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Brain-damaged Boynton, Carcillo sue NHL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former NHL players Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton are suing the league, alleging it failed to warn players about the long-term risk of brain damage from fighting.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota says Boynton and Carcillo continued to play hockey despite head injuries. They now both suffer from long-term, degenerative brain damage.

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Red Wings hire Bylsma as assistant

DETROIT (AP) Dan Bylsma is returning to the state where he was born - and where he won the Stanley Cup as a visiting coach.

The Detroit Red Wings hired Bylsma as an assistant coach Friday. The 47-year-old Bylsma, a Grand Haven native, worked as an assistant alongside Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill at this year's world championship in Denmark, helping the United States to a bronze medal. Bylsma was Pittsburgh's coach when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 by winning Game 7 of the final at Detroit.

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Modano headlines as Stars host 1st draft

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars are celebrating 25 years in Texas by hosting the NHL draft for the first time.

The headliner for the home team had a little anniversary of his own: retired franchise icon Mike Modano marking 30 years since he was the No. 1 overall pick by helping introduce the Stars' first-round pick, Canadian forward Ty Dellandrea, on Friday night.

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Flyers agree to 3-year deal with D Morin

DALLAS (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms on a $2.1 million, three-year contract with defenseman Sam Morin.

General manager Ron Hextall confirmed the agreement Friday night late in the first round of the NHL draft. Hextall said Morin is expected to sign the contract Monday.

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Stars add veteran coach Bowness to staff

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars hired veteran assistant Rick Bowness to serve on rookie coach Jim Montgomery's staff.

General manager Jim Nill announced the hire Friday before the NHL draft, after the Tampa Bay Lightning replaced Bowness on Jon Cooper's staff with former NHL forward and minor league assistant Jeff Halpern. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced the promotion of Halpern from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch.

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